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Researchers Shed Light on Common Childhood Disease

A new study by UNC Charlotte scholars is shedding light on the connection between diet and a common childhood disease.

Using national health data, the researchers determined children who ate certain types of food or dealt with food insecurity may be more likely to contract the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). EBV is a common virus that often causes no symptoms on its own; it’s better known as a cause of infectious mononucleosis and having a connection to some cancers.

Ahmed Arif, an associate professor in the College of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health Sciences, co-authored the new study, which considered EBV infection among U.S. children ages 6 to 15 using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Click here to learn more about the study.

Botanical Gardens to Hold Spring Plant Sale

On Friday and Saturday, April 17 - 18, plant lovers and gardeners can choose from a wide selection of native plants and exotic botanicals — wildflowers, trees and shrubs, perennials, carnivorous plants and tropical and indoor plants — at the largest sale of the year held by the Botanical Gardens.

Visitors looking for native plants will be able to take advantage of what should be an exceptional selection. The Botanical Gardens’ staff will be on hand to answer questions. Parking will be available near the McMillan Greenhouse (attendants will be on hand to direct).

Sale hours on Friday and Saturday are 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the McMillan Greenhouse. All sale proceeds support Botanical Gardens operations.